I'm new to this, about 3 months in.
I started off thinking I would just write my pieces, hope someone, anyone would enjoy reading them, and go from there.
If something came from it eventually great, if not, I'm just enjoying being able to have somewhere, other than the 'notes' section on my iPhone, to store my ramblings.
However, I soon realised there's a lot more to it. A hell of a lot more.
I won't lie, it's made me want to pull out a couple of times already.
The first thing I did was join Twitter.
It's great, I love it.
Nearly everyone has been really friendly, inviting and given me little hints and tips, not to mention the great opportunities I see cropping up on there.
My following quickly grew in just over 8 weeks to over 1000 followers, I was astounded and grateful I had the chance to share my work with 'potentially' this many people.
Then I started to gently tiptoe into the realms of blogging networks. This is where the brakes went on.
After filling out form after form, and realising I didn't have half of the social media channels on the tick list, I suddenly felt pressure to be on every platform possible.
I hadn't even heard of 4 of social outlets if I'm honest.
Right, I thought, let's get on it like a car bonnet.
I went about starting to set up my blog on everything from Pinterest to Google+.
I started to get a headache, I started to resent slightly what I was doing, and questioning why I was doing it. I was tired, I had been running after 4 children all day, I had a great idea for a new post, but I told myself I needed to register to trial a free pack of kids biscuits.
Do I want to become a successful blogger?
Yes, if successful just means that people enjoy reading what I have to say.
I am in no way knocking anyone who is on every platform available to man.
In fact I'm taking my hat off to you.
I can see how much work is involved. Between writing, Twitter, reading other people's work and emails, I barely have time to brush my teeth, let alone have 12 other channels of interaction to check.
For me, I'm not ready yet to throw myself fully into the true blogging world.
I'm not ready to treat my blog as a business.
For now, I'm going to enjoy my blog and mines honeymoon period, where I smile when I look at it, in all its simplicity, and look forward to just filling it with every idea that pops into my mind, so that its spooling over with my thoughts and jokes.
Not worrying if I have placed enough pictures and linked it in all the right places.
My font may not match the whole way through, my word optimisation may register on page 1012 on Google, but it's mine, it's honest, it's funny (I hope) and it's there to hopefully open some doors and show other parents to just go out there and give things a try, in anything.
In one post I wrote 'Saving for my speed boat, a mum with a million business ideas', I spoke about enjoying what you do, or you more than likely won't sustain it.
To make sure you have enough time to dedicate to your project without it compromising your family life too much.
To work hard and have fun.
I've had to remind myself of these things this week.
I will start to tentatively explore out of my comfort boundaries, but not yet.
My blog and I aren't ready.